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Andrew Scott McGowan, Ph.D. ’61, Yonkers, N.Y., retired from the position of senior professor in the Department of Counseling and Development at Long Island University/C.W. Post (LIU/Post), and was named as a senior professor emeritus by the LIU president and Board of Trustees.
James Mezick, Ph.D. ’61, East Brunswick, N.J., chief scientific officer at SansRosa, was part of a five-member team whose technology has been approved by the FDA to treat the redness of rosacea. This technology was developed by and will be marketed by Galderma as Mirvaso.
Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, has been reelected chairman of the Mid Valley School District Board of Directors for a third consecutive term.
Frederick Parker, M.D. ’68, Manassas, Va., was named the head team physician for George Washington University Athletics. Dr. Parker is an assistant clinical professor of medicine and a member of the Medical Faculty Associates at George Washington.
Jack Nealon ‘74, who died in 2012 from cancer, was memorialized on Dec. 12, 2013, by the Department of Agriculture with the establishment of the Jack Nealon Leadership Award, which will be issued annually to a top public servant in recognition of exceptional leadership. The award serves as a lasting tribute to Jack’s long and distinguished public career, which included the presentation of the Presidential Award by President Obama in 2010.
Dr. Joseph Agostinelli, USAF, Ret. ’77, Niceville, Fla., received the Irish Humanitarian Award from HCA Hospital Corporation for volunteer community health efforts.
Anthony Gangemi ’78, Throop, was named the new manager of field operations for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre district service area of Pennsylvania American Water Company.
Donald J. Santangelo, III, M.D. ’78, Toms River, N.J. is medical director for the state of New Jersey Conmed Correctional Health care and chief medical examiner for Ocean County.
Robert Slebodnik ’78, Pittsford, N.Y., is a faculty member at Bryant and Stratton College teaching philosophy in the Department of Liberal Arts.
Robert Marchand ’79, Doylestown, recently retired from Allstate Insurance Company after more than 34 years of service.
Valerie Stanislawczyk Garcia ’79, Arlington, Va., is principal of Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria.
Robert Schatz ’80, New York, N.Y., will have his painting Lehigh included in the exhibition 13 at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, Canada.
David P. Begany, SSJ ’81, Washington, D.C., made his Perpetual Promise as a member of St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart and was ordained a transitional deacon on Oct. 26, 2013. He anticipates priestly ordination on May 31, 2014.
John M. Johnson, D.D.S. ’81, Groton, Conn., received the Top Dentist recognition from CT Magazine for the category of General Dentistry. Dr. Johnson received Top Dentist in 2010, 2011, 2012 and now for 2013, having been recommended to the magazine by his peers.
David A. Morgan ’81, Dalton, has completed the requirement for a master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from Lehigh University.
Michael Banas, M.D. ’83, Dallas, recently published a work of fiction titled Pennsylvania’s Finest. It is a medical mystery that follows a surgical intern through his first year of training, amid a series of troubling occurrences.
Lori Brucker Block ’83, Pitman, N.J., an advisor in the Student Services Center at Rowan University, was selected to receive a 2013 Community Services and Achievement Award from Kitchen of Hope, Inc., a nonprofit that helps feed the hungry in Gloucester County and the surrounding areas.
Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, a partner in the Munley Law Firm, was recently honored by the Great Scranton Chamber of Commerce at the annual SAGE (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) Awards gala with the 2013 Woman of Excellence Award.
Frank DiMaio, M.D. ’84, Staten Island, N.Y., has joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center. Dr. DiMaio is credited as one of the designing surgeons for Zimmer’s gender-specific natural knee replacement technology, and has ongoing clinical and basic science research interests.
Thomas J. Collura ’85, Delmar, N.Y., has joined the law firm of Hodgson Russ as a partner in the Corporate & Securities, Estates & Trusts, and Tax Practice Groups.
Lisa Witowski Sherman ’89, Lansdale, an attorney with Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin PC, was recently awarded the Honorable Milton O. Moss Public Service Award. The award was presented by the Montgomery Bar Foundation for her work with the Wills for Heroes Foundation as the National Affiliate director and as a statewide coordinator for Pennsylvania.
John Reynolds ’90, Dickson City, has been promoted to partner at ParenteBeard, a top 25 accounting firm.
Joseph F. Murray, M.D. ’91, New York, N.Y., has been appointed to the position of associate dean, Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs, at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Albert Thomas ’93, Scranton, is associate vice president and general manager at VaxServe.
Karen Robson, DNP ’94, South Abington Township, recently attained her Doctor of Nurse Practice from Wilkes University. Dr. Robson is employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Scranton and Wilkes University.
Jennifer Donatelli ’95, Brooklyn Park, Md., is the new editor of the Catonsville and Elkridge Patches for AOL Patch and Patch.com.
Andrew Sirotnak, M.D.’95, Denver, Colo., professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been appointed as the new vice chair for faulty affairs for the department. He continues as director of the Child Protection Team and Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program at the school and at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. He has achieved national prominence for his work with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics and the CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized him for his advocacy and committee work on the behalf of maltreated children.
Alexandra Gojic Borchard ’96, Mendham, N.J., joined The Madison Square Garden Company as vice president, Internal Communications & Employee Services.
Adelaide Riggi Cutalo ’97, Morristown, N.J, has been named a member of the firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
Michael Soskil ’97, G’09, Newfoundland, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. This is the highest honor that can be received for math and science teachers in the United States.
Daniel Stanislawczyk ’97 is principal of Leadership Academy West in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Alumni Prominent Part of New Bucks County Acute Rehab Hospital
St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, in partnership with Centerre Health care Corporation, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., recently broke ground for a freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital, the first of its kind in Bucks County. Several University of Scranton graduates are involved in the project.
Seen from left are: Senior Physical Therapist Tom Bobroski ‘98; St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital CEO Lisa Staback-Haney ‘84; Occupational and Speech Therapy Manager Danielle Devine ‘03; St. Mary Medical Center Director of Planned Giving Mark Erhard ’74; and CHE Trinity Health Vice President of Support Services/CIO Marian Moran ‘77. Scheduled for completion in April 2014, St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital will provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services for patients who require a high level of specialized treatment.
Sunny Minelli Weiland ’98, South Abington Township, has been chosen as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2013 Outstanding Young Educator Award. This award is presented to an emerging leader who demonstrates exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession.
Kelly Thompson Brazill ’99, Raleigh, N.C., has been appointed as the contributing editor for Pharmacology for the journal Critical Care Nurse. She is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Duke University.
Brian Gavin ’00 has been promoted to senior vice president of Advancement at Catholic Charities USA in Washington, D.C.
Philip Grieco ’00, Santa Monica, Calif., accepted a position with a sports marketing agency, Wasserman Media Group, based in Los Angeles, and is co-leading the Microsoft account team, focused on their new NFL partnership.
Lorene C. Janowski DPS ’00, New York, N.Y., is an occupational therapist at The Hospital for Special Surgery where she was recently promoted to advanced clinician. She completed her clinical doctorate degree from New York University with a specialization in pediatrics.
Melissa Logan Pacitti, Ph.D. ’01, West Chester, graduated from Immaculata University with her Doctorate in Education after successfully defending her dissertation on Remedial Reading Instruction.
Victoria Mound ’02, Morristown, N.J., is a digital marketing consultant at the New York Daily News.
April Puscavage Troy, M.D. ’02, South Abington Township, has joined Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Clare Strockbine Acosta Matos ’04, San Antonio, Texas, had her book, Mind Your Body, Work Your Soul, published in June 2013.
Sarah Frey ’06, Lafayette, N.J., graduated from the University of North Dakota in August of 2013 with a Master of Arts in forensic psychology and became a National Certified Guardian in April 2013.
Chris McGuinness ’06, York, is active with the York Little Theatre during its 80th anniversary season. He appeared onstage in the South Central PA premier of “Avenue Q” and in the theater’s summer production of “The Producers.” He is currently in rehearsal for the production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” where he’ll be playing the Narrator.
Marianne Sailus G’06, Wyoming, recently had her book, Java with Jesus: Daily Reflections for Practicing Our Faith, published. She is also a monthly contributor to Theosis, a journal of ECP.
Janelle Matsago ’07, Emmaus, received her master’s in nursing with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner from DeSales University. She is a nurse practitioner with CVS.
Jennifer Wilcox ’07, Bloomingburg, N.Y., received her Ph.D. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. She recently accepted a visiting assistant professor position in Chemistry at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.
Michael Nordsiek, D.O. ’08, West Chester, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2013. Dr. Nordsiek will continue his medical training in urologic surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.
Haley Walsh Spagnola, D.O. ’08, Hellan, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2013. Dr. Spagnola will continue her medical training in pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Emily Klonoski, D.O. ’09, Scranton, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2013. Dr. Klonoski will continue her medical training in internal medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem.
Christopher Lowney ’09, Riverdale, N.Y., had his new book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, published. It is the first book to explore the Pope’s leadership style.
Jessica Piatt ’10, G’12, Mechanicsville, Md., received her National Certified Counselor credential and is currently working as a school counselor at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick.
Andrew Ponti ’10, New Cumberland, was named executive director of the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society, the non-profit organization that operates the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.
Nick Westendorf ’11 (left) and Sean Milde ’11 are both former University of Scranton athletes who are currently serving in Afghanistan. Westendorf, who played men’s soccer, and Milde, who was a men’s lacrosse player, are former roommates at Scranton who were recently re-united while serving in different companies. Westendorf, a native of Colts Neck, N.J., is a platoon leader with the rank of first lieutenant in the 87th Sapper Company based out of Fort Hood, Texas. Milde, a native of Succasunna, N.J., is also a first lieutenant and is a cavalry platoon leader in the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y.
Brian Musto ’12, Pittston, has been named to the Law Review at Cornell University School of Law.
Candice Janes ’13, Scranton, is a staff accountant at ParenteBeard.